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Weathersbee: How can struggling people defy mental health stigmas? This Memphian knows.


Dr. Altha Stewart of Memphis is slated to become president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association. The 37,894-member American Psychiatric Association is the country’s oldest medical association and the largest in the world. Stewart’s election as head of the organization, founded in 1844, comes at a crucial time when increases in youth crime, destructive behaviors and debilitating conditions plague many in Memphis and elsewhere. Steward is associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. And she’s also chief of Social and Community Psychiatry at UTHSC.

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